Christian Bale’s Batman Voice Explained [Video]

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At this point in time, I imagine Christian Bale as that guy doing a happy two-step shuffle in the back of a bar, after just coming out of the bathroom to see the girlfriend he’s been trying to dump for a year now is flirting with a new guy. In fact, that’s pretty much the scene I picture while watching the video above, which has the Dark Knight Trilogy star talking about everything from Ben Affleck as the new Batman to the meaning behind the recent Bat-Kid event in San Francisco, which pretty much fed the world that dose of hope required to get through another week.

However, in addition to acting like a gleeful ex-boyfriend, Bale also seemed ready to just finish the entire cultural debate about his now-iconic (for better or worse) “Batman voice.” It’s been endlessly debated, criticized, and the parodies may never stop (which of us hasn’t sent a ‘Batman voice’ video message by this point?), but while out promoting his new film Out of the Furnace, Bale explained – pretty much once and for all – where and how his choice in Batman voice was conceived.

…And I get it. I do. Behind all the former pretense of creating different psychologies and distinct characters in the Bruce Wayne/Batman personas, it really boils down to a man trying to compensate for the insecurity of wearing another man’s ill-fitted silly costume. It’s hilarious to hear Bale describe his wife’s initial reaction to his Batman voice (husbands, we all got it the same!) and really this video as a whole just helps to deflate this whole issue – which has been buzzing in the zeitgeist for nearly a decade now.

Batman vs. Superman starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill Christian Bales Batman Voice Explained [Video]

Now we look to the future, which is all about Batman vs. Superman and Ben Affleck’s take on Batman. We’ve heard it’s going to be a more weary, semi-retired Bruce Wayne (possibly with an army of drones) and that he may have a former sidekick and love interest in his life. Those are nice expansive plot details, but in terms of the choices that Affleck will have to make once he IS in that costume? That will be the big point that finally, inevitably, pushes us all into the new paradigm of a changed Batman.

…By that point, you will probably look and see Christian Bale in a back booth of that bar, happily toasting you from afar.

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Out of the Furnace will be in theaters on December 6, 2013.

Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.

Source: MTV

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  1. God damnit, that explanation and intelligence of the character alone is WHY Christian should come back. Some people just take on characters better than others. Couldn’t we really say the same thing about any masked superhero? Of course, it’s not like Spider Man is selling any less. Bale did such a fine job that no one can really picture anyone else, much like Johnny Depp and Jack Sparrow or Han Solo or Marty McFly or Indiana Jones. Obviously most of those characters haven’t been played over by anyone else thank god like Batman, but this guy really entrenched himself in the role and made it so visceral and believable that I truly think no one will top it, let along Ben Mother F’ing Affleck. Are you KIDDING me!?

    Bale, you’re FAR too humble dude. Please just put the suit back on. I appreciate you NOT wanting to be greedy and NOT wanting to overplay something. But I truly believe he had one solid movie left in the tank with the character, AT LEAST. The fact he would have split time with Superman would have made it all the better. He wouldn’t have been the focal point at all and could have done even more articulate work with less screen time.

    I digress……

    • I agree with you 100% Bale is Batman, and why in the world WB/DC has this crazy/puzzling fantasy that Ben Affleck is going to be this “great” Batman is so baffling to me. He is a decent actor good director nothing more .Affleck would make a good Hal Jordan/ Green lantern but no way is he going to give Batman his Justice . Bale should have been signed and looked in for a number of films to come, no he has moved on. The fact that they keep saying this is a different Batman coming really makes me worry could we be seeing 1997 Batman and Robin all over again.

  2. This issue was actually addressed with the release of Dark Knight. Yes he chose to do it, but it was alot easier to do with the mask. The mask is what made the voice possible. Don’t believe me? Put a little pressure on your throat and talk normally. You’re more “bat voicey” automatically.

  3. I always got the WHY, it was the execution that bothered me.
    Not even so much the gruffness as the pausing, it ruined some pretty good lines IMO.

    The people of Gotham….. Just showed you….. That they’re ready to believe…. In good.

    Don’t take my opinion TOO seriously though, Batman Begins is on cable as I write this, and I am most definitely watching it.

    Great freaking movie.

    • I’ve always felt that the pausing in that line had more to do with the fact that he was just beat with a pipe and attacked by several dogs than the voice itself.

      • fair enough, but that was just one example.
        I could do more, but I dont want to beat a dead horse.
        Some people liked the voice, I didnt.

        I dont want to spend very much time bashing one of my favorite series ever so I will just chalk it up to a minor complaint of an excellent movie.

        • That said, I am happy he is not coming back.

          If for no other reason than getting to see a new take on the character and maybe, just maybe, getting a more true to the source material costume.

  4. Bale’s kinda funny though.
    Big props to him and Nolan for making the best comic book trilogy in the history of cinema.

    I have my problems with it, but I can be very critical, and there is barely a movie made that completely escapes my wrath.
    And for my money, no other comic book movie series even comes close.

  5. Okay, Bale’s Batman voice wasn’t very good at all. Nowhere near as good as Kevin Conroy’s, that’s for sure. Who, BTW, was the best Batman, and isn’t even on the poll today!

  6. Kevin Conroy just does the voice acting. Could he do a live action role, doubt it!

  7. Such intelligence…